Much has been said about the health wonders of sleep: It boosts your immune system, helps stave off food cravings, reduces stress, ups productivity and puts you in a good mood all day, among others. But did you know getting a sufficient amount of sleep also helps our skin recuperate and repair itself? (Yup, “beauty sleep” is real!) To tell us more about the little-known skin benefits of sleep, as well as how we can help our skin get the most out of sleep through a solid nighttime regimen, we talked to Nadine Pernodet, Ph.D., vice president of Global Research & Development—Skin Biology & Bioactives at Estée Lauder.
Dermstore: What happens to our skin at night?
Dr. Nadine Pernodet: Nighttime is when skin repairs and recovers from the day’s damage and prepares itself for the next day. During the night you have extra blood supply to the skin, which gives the skin energy to increase its natural repair.
Why should our nighttime regimen be different from our daytime regimen? Why is building a solid nighttime regimen important?
Skin has its own circadian rhythm. Daytime skin activities include protection and prevention, and nighttime, during darkness, is when skin enters its natural renewal process. Building a solid nighttime skin care routine that helps support the skin’s natural nighttime renewal is essential. Nighttime is the right time to support skin’s natural strengthening of its moisture content and to help activate the skin’s natural nighttime rhythm.
How does Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair line work? What are its key ingredients and how do they help the skin recuperate at night?
Skin’s natural purification and renewal process peaks in skin cells at night and is pivotal to skin’s natural repair. Advanced Night Repair works in the following ways:
• Our exclusive ChronoluxCB™ Technology supports the natural synchronization of skin’s nighttime renewal and its purification process, so that skin renews its appearance at the right time.
• The formula features Anti-Pollution Technology, including a powerful blend of antioxidants to help neutralize environmentally generated free radicals before they can damage skin’s appearance.
• Essential hydration, provided by hyaluronic acid, helps create the optimal conditions skin needs to maximize its natural renewal process while hydrating and comforting the skin.
Aside from boosting our skin care regimen, what else can we do to help our skin repair itself at night?
Through my research on the circadian rhythm, I have learned to improve my sleep quality, which we have learned is important to help our skin. For example, I like to avoid using digital devices an hour before going to sleep and when it is time to sleep, and I keep my bedroom completely dark.
Get to Know Estée Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Line
Ready to try this line? Here are some tips on how to use the products in this line for best results:
1. Cleanser: Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm
What it is: This lightweight balm melts into a silky cleansing oil as you massage over skin, then transforms with water into a milky emulsion that rinses easily for a clean, conditioned feel.
How to use: Every night, massage over dry skin. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
What it is: This anti-aging night serum maximizes the power of skin’s natural nighttime renewal with ChronoluxCB™ Technology to dramatically reduce the look of all key signs of aging.
How to use: After you cleanse your skin and before applying your moisturizer, apply a drop of this serum on each fingertip of one hand. Put fingertips of both hands together. Massage serum over face and neck, starting at the center, then outward.
Additional tip: Add a few drops to your foundation for added glow.
3. Eye Treatments:
What it is: This powerful eye treatment helps repair the visible impact of lack of sleep, UV, pollution and even blue light.
How to use: Gently apply to clean skin around eye area.
What it is: This intensely hydrating, fast-penetrating, lightweight serum leaves eye area feeling soothed, refreshed.
How to use: Gently apply to clean skin around eye area. Ideal under your targeted eye creme.
What it is: This ultra-nourishing, skin-strengthening formula includes the innovative 360° Matrix Technology and provides a 360° cushion of plumping support to give eyes a fresh, “wide-open” look.
How to use: Gently apply to clean skin around eye area. Using the massaging applicator, gently roll under each eye three times. Then massage in a 360° circle under the eye area and above the lid. Finish by patting with ring finger until absorbed.
What it is: This high-performance foil-backed sheet mask creates a protective barrier, allowing their potent technologies to penetrate fast and deep within skin’s surface and helping to lock in moisture.
How to use: Apply on clean skin, once a week at night. Remove mask, carefully unfold and apply bottom half first, then top half. Leave on for 10 minutes, then remove mask and gently massage in any remaining liquid.